Fall + Holiday Mini Sessions (Mahwah, NJ Photography)

You don't understand, how excited I am for this year's Fall + Holiday Minis!!

I have been on the hunt for a Christmas Tree farm since last year. It's been quite the hunt because there aren't that many local to Bergen County and willing to let me shoot. So, I found something EVEN BETTER! A private property that has a little bit of everything that I love for this time of year..included a field of MINI CHRISTMAS TREES!

It's a gorgeous property with mini Christmas trees, cobblestone bridge, white barn and fence, oh and they have a red sleigh they are going to allow me to use for our holiday sessions! Pretty sweet right?!

This year my focus for our holiday minis are FAMILY. It's as simple as that. I know how special these sessions are for you guys, you take off of work, you move things around, you stress what to wear. I stress too! I kept going back and forth trying to come up with this amazing stylized session but you know what? It's not about the props, it's about the people in them and how precious your time is with them. That's what I want to capture for you, in a gorgeous location with the people you love most. (Okay, okay who am I kidding, I can't NOT have a few fun small props for the holiday minis and there is that sled too)

I will be doing regular sessions throughout this time on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. Regular sessions will be on-location or in-home as usual. 

REMEMBER MINI SESSIONS ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. YOUR SESSION IS NOT CONSIDERED BOOKED UNTIL CONTRACT + DEPOSIT ARE SUBMITTED. 

Nico's Newborn Session (Ramsey, NJ Newborn Photography)

Dear Nico, you are just too cute for words.

You are in for quite an adventure growing up with 2 older brothers and your big sis too. But as the oldest of five myself, let me tell you that it's a pretty awesome way to grow up. :)

Project Inspire - Shari (Zen Family Yoga, Ramsey, NJ)

Last month, I decided to take on a photography project - Project Inspire. I put a call out on social media for women that wanted to participate and share their stories. My inspiration for this project was this quote on my office bulletin board, "I love the person I've become because I've fought to become her." I can't tell you how amazing the response has been. I have quite a few inspiring women to share over the next few months. 

One of the first to respond was Shari. A mother of two gorgeous girls decided to end her marriage and start over. She turned to yoga in this difficult time and her passion was ignited. Shari followed her passion and recently opened Zen Family Yoga in Ramsey. 

I met up with Shari and her girls in her new studio and we got to chat. Her new studio is amazing and peaceful space. I felt such at peace walking in. I could just feel the good energy in her studio and I can't wait to try out her yoga class. 

  • What carries you through the tough times? Yoga, praying to God (which for Shari was new since she was raised Jewish but she somehow found herself praying)
  • What is your life lesson to share with your daughters? I hope they discover what they are passionate about it. React based on their feelings, understand their feelings & to look inward. 

I've asked all Project Inspire partcipants to answer how the quote applies to their own lives and stories and this is what Shari had to say...

My transformation started when I made the decision to put the brakes on my life and what my kids were seeing in our household. They saw their mother getting pushed to the floor by their father. Waking up at night hearing their father yell. Me feeling like I could never do enough. Two years of soul searching. Hitting rock bottom in every way. Starting to pray to God for strength and the ability to function so that I can build a new life for me and my two daughters. Taking yoga as a way to spend my time productively when my kids are with their father. Yoga took me in and I haven't looked back. Yoga inspired me to grow. Go inward.